John Obi Mikel charged by FA
Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has been charged by the Football Association for an alleged use of threatening and/or abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour in or around the match officials' changing room following his side's game with Manchester United on October 28.
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An FA statement said; "It is alleged that in or around the Match Officials' changing room at the end of the fixture, Mikel used threatening and/or abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour.
"The player has until Friday 30 November 2012 to respond to the charge.''
The FA have decided there was "no case to answer" over the allegation that referee Mark Clattenburg said "shut up you monkey" to Mikel.
An FA statement also said the complaint by Mikel's team-mate Ramires was "made in good faith".
The FA said the evidence had been considered by independent QC David Waters who ruled Ramires' claim was not supported by any other evidence and disputed by the other match officials.
An FA statement added: "Moreover it was contradicted by other witnesses and does not cross the evidential threshold required to bring a charge against Mark Clattenburg.
"Having considered Counsel's opinion, and in view of all the circumstances of
the case, The FA does not believe that there is a case for Mr Clattenburg to
Chelsea said they had had a duty to report the claim against Clattenburg. A club statement said: "Chelsea Football Club accepts the Football Association's decision regarding Mark Clattenburg and welcomes the fact that the FA recognises the club and players were correct in reporting the matter.
"The FA states Chelsea took the correct action following the Manchester United match and encourages all players who believe they have been either subject, or witness, to discriminatory abuse to report the matter immediately to the match officials on the day, and in turn to the FA.
"The club also notes the charge brought against John Mikel Obi. While the player does not deny the charge, he will request a personal hearing to explain the mitigating circumstances.
"With regards to the Mark Clattenburg decision, the club accepts the case is now concluded and notes the FA states the allegation was made in good faith."